Come and mark 370 years since The Battle of Naseby with us on 13-14 June

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10830479_627551450683758_6062613103275333954_oOn 14th June 1645, the fields between the Northamptonshire villages of Naseby and Sibbertoft saw one of the most significant battles in British history.

Royalist troops loyal to King Charles I and the Parliamentarian ‘New Model Army’ led by Sir Thomas Fairfax met in the culmination of a three-year bloody civil war that had pitted families and friends against each other.

But this was not just another battle, this was the fiery crucible in which the future of Britain was decided – were we to be an absolute monarchy ruled over by a single man or were we to begin on the road to true democracy. The fates of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland rested in the balance.

That day was 370 years ago this month and to mark this momentous occasion in our history, the Sealed Knot is staging a major battle re-enactment on part of the original battlefield.

Melee (Manchesters vs Ruperts) during Sealed Knot English Civil War historical re-enactment at Kelmarsh, May 2008This sleepy village, nestled in rolling hills between Northampton, Corby, Kettering, Lutterworth, and Market Harborough, was the scene of an incredible confrontation and over the weekend of 13th and 14th June, a full programme of events will bring this remarkable moment alive.

This is not just a very important event for those taking part but also for the village and The Earl of Manchester’s Regiment of Foote is proud to be a part of it.

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be bringing you up to speed on some of the people and events that made this battle so important, while also giving you the low down on what we’ll be doing as part of this special event.

So let’s start off with an idea of what’s going to be happening over the weekend of 13-14 June:

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS – SATURDAY

10.30 – Royalist Troops march through the village

11.15 – Parliament Troops march through the village

11.30 – Skirmish on the edge of the village

12.00 – The New Model Army enters the village with cavalry escort routing Royalist troops and officers lunching in All Saints Church

12.00 – The living history encampment on Mill Hill opens to inform, educate and entertain members of the public.

13.30 – Pre-battle display 1: Sulby Hedge, where we re-enacting the start of the battle when Colonel Okey’s Dragoons fired into the Royalist Cavalry.

14.15 – Pre-battle display 2: Parliament Baggage Trayne, where the Royalist cavalry will charge the length of the field and engage the camp which will be defended by the Artillery Guard of Firelocks commanded by Captain-Lieutenant Desborough.

14.45 – The main field armies arrive at Mill Hill, forming into the large formations that can be seen on battle maps of of the time.

15.00 – Battle is joined, with pike, musket, cannon, drums, colours, and cavalry battling it out for the fate of England!

16.30 – Parliament is victorious and both armies will march back through the village behind massed drums and colours.

17.30 – Mill Hill closes to the public

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS – SUNDAY

10.30 – Troops march through the village

11.00 – Act of Remembrance for the fallen of the Civil Wars outside the Church of All Saints, Naseby with local residents, patrons and trustees of the Naseby Battlefield Project and all members of the Sealed Knot welcome.

11.45 – Meet the Ancestors – meet the descendants of those that took part in the Battle of Naseby in All Saints Church.

12.00 – The living history encampment on Mill Hill opens to inform, educate and entertain members of the public.

13.30 – Pre-battle display 1: Sulby Hedge, where we re-enacting the start of the battle when Colonel Okey’s Dragoons fired into the Royalist Cavalry.

14.15 – Pre-battle display 2: Parliament Baggage Trayne, where the Royalist cavalry will charge the length of the field and engage the camp which will be defended by the Artillery Guard of Firelocks commanded by Captain-Lieutenant Desborough.

14.45 – The main field armies arrive at Mill Hill, forming into the large formations that can be seen on battle maps of of the time.

15.00 – Battle is joined, with pike, musket, cannon, drums, colours, and cavalry battling it out for the fate of England!

16.30 – Parliament is victorious and both armies will march back through the village behind massed drums and colours.

17.30 – Mill Hill closes to the public

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